Dormancy: Winter Height: 20″ tall Culture: Part Sun to Shade Origin: Asia, China, Japan (aka: Polygonatum multiflorum ‘Variegata’) Emanating from a thumb-sized horizontal rhizome just below the ground in spring, the delicate pink buds emerge, soon evolving into a 20″ ladder of green, pickle-sized leaves, edged in white. In May, the small white flowers dangle (or is it dingle?) beneath the arching stems. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ looks great from spring until it turns bright yellow as it goes dormant in fall. A 5-year-old patch will spread to 3′ wide. This is one of the finest and easiest-to-grow shade perennials anywhere…no wonder it was named the 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.